Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Utah Again

I know I am getting really far behind on posts.  The farther behind I get, the more daunting it is to catch up, but here goes.
Faith's time in California ended this month.  We were sad to see her go, and I hadn't had enough time with my family, so Jared and I decided to go with her.  On August 10 Todd drove us to Emeryville to catch a train to Salt Lake City.  Jared was a big fan of the train.  I was a big fan of having Faith there to help wrestle a baby who was too wound up to sleep all night.
Sixteen fun filled, sleepless hours later, we arrived in Salt Lake City, where Annika (who was in Germany during our visit to Utah a few weeks ago) and Seth picked us up to go to Logan.
After we finally caught up on sleep, it was one party after another until we headed home.  That is the Humiston way.  Our first night there we had a pizza party with our friend Parker, who is leaving on a mission to Mexico in October.  He gets taller every time we see him.  This time he was taller than Jared on my shoulders.
Of course we can't really have a party without Jordanne.  Here she is making an awesome face. . .
. . . that reminded me of someone else. . .
We missed Todd a lot while we were in Utah, and not just for his awesome faces.

While we were in Logan, the Cache County Fair was going on, so we went.  Everybody goes to the fair.   Jared had fun looking at livestock.  He like the goats a lot.
He got a hug from a bull (a local celebrity).
Jared also had a great time not watching the rodeo.  People are so much more interesting!
He actually slept through a couple of events, but woke up for the big bull riding finale.

While we were in Logan, we went to the wedding of one of my high school friends, Eric.  While we were there, we got a big surprise.  Uncle Ryan, who was supposed to be stranded in Idaho working all week, got to come home for the weekend!  We took him with us to Bear Lake on Saturday.
Jared was a huge fan of Bear Lake.  Without huge ocean waves, he was brave enough to crawl right out into the water without anyone holding his hand.
This meant that we had to watch him every minute.  Fortunately we still had Faith, who was anxious to spend her last bit of time with Jared.
Jared and I were the only ones not to get sunburned.  It is hard to sit still long enough for a sunburn with a water and sand obsessed baby.
On our way home, we stopped for Bear Lake's famous raspberry shakes.  Jared got sugar silly for a little while, but he slept most of the way home.
Since Saturday was supposed to be our last full day in Utah, we had a cookout in Annika and Ryan's backyard that evening.  My friends Yeon Mi, Mariska, and Jordanne came to play with Jared.
Jared is one spoiled little boy to have so many doting aunties.
We had a nice, quiet Sunday.  Our train was supposed to leave from Salt Lake City at 11 p.m., so we left bright and early.  When we arrived at the amtrak station, we learned that our train was three hours behind schedule.  We said good bye to Grandma and Faith anyway so that they could go home and sleep, and then we parked ourselves in the station to wait.  Our train finally left a little after 2 a.m. on Monday.  All of the other babies were happy to fall immediately to sleep, but Jared was too excited.  This time our 17 sleepless hours started at night and I didn't have Aunt Faith to help.  Needless to say, this trip seemed much longer.
Jared still had a great time, and was mercifully happy most of the time.  He finally collapsed to sleep for the last hour and a half of the trip.
This got him rested and lively just in time for bedtime.  We were very happy to see Todd at the end of the trip.  Jared got back on track in no time, and I am glad we got some more time to visit our Utah family and friends.  We already miss Faith, though.  It is lonelier here without her.

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